Originally Posted by teedubya
Hockey is now the 6th or 7th most popular sport in America... before the first lockout, they were 4th.
I will guarantee you the NHL is a higher revenue league than MLS and MMA. And perhaps even Nascar, which is just as regional a sport as hockey, btw. Hockey is successful being what it is. Culturally, there is no way in the next twenty-five plus years it will supplant baseball, football, and basketball as America's preferred sporting contest. But it was extremely healthy for what it was before the lockout, and I think that growth is going to continue or at least hold steady. It's very difficult to lose a hockey fan once you're really into it.